Winter 2013/2014 in my newtroom

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Here are some photos and news from my animals as few things took place in 2013. Spring is coming and these are last days when i freeze my butt out sitting in my room at 10-15°C (50-59F). The group of CFBN (Hypselotriton orientalis is doing just fine in their new 63l (2 feet) tank. Soon there should be breeding, which takes place later and later year after year since the newts started reproducing in my newtroom, November 2009, late January in 2011, mid February in 2012, late February in 2013. I suppose they are going to breed once i raise the room temperature, intensify feeding and do a few water changes, because some of the females are already plump and there are papillae visible protruding from male's cloaca.

The biggest hopes are at the moment for breeding Chinese warty newts, Paramesotriton chinensis, which also got a new tank (54l), where they peacefully coexisted with white Cloud Mountain minnows (Tanichthys albonubes) and some shrimps - Caridina cf. babaulti and Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis "Blue Pearl", although i think the latter shrimps did not do well under such temperatures, as i found none of them after making some bigger tidying in the tank. The minnows were removed in early winter and now the newts are being prepared for temperature raise in few days.

After losing two females in a row, i gave up keeping Triturus carnifex for some time.

Blue-tailed newts Hypselotriton cyanurus were also moved two times to different tanks and in autumn there was some breeding going on, although none of the eggs ended up fertilized. Anyway, the male looked gorgeous with his blue tail sheen. Perhaps in later spring they will breed effectively.

Some more crustaceans in the newtroom, as they are the second most interesting group for me right now. Not far away from my university there is a good place for collecting scuds (Gammarus pulex) and slaters (Asellus aquaticus) for feeding purposes. I have also got some new shrimps, aside from Neocaridina heteropoda "Red" which i keep for years already i now own Caridina cf. babaulti in Paramesotriton chinensis tank and Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis "White Pearl" in the chinese firebelly tank.

I also got some juvenile Bombina orientalis, but due to concentrating on newt keeping and breeding, the toads will find new home. The last swordtail newt (Cynops ensicauda ensicauda) from my breeding of this species in 2010 is slowly growing up, but it's size is beginning to exceed the size of adult CFBN with which it lives, so i have to start thinking about a separate tank for it.

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